Mopeds have become incredibly popular all over the country as an inexpensive short-distance commuting option. Revel Electric Mopeds are widely popular in the Miami area due to the warm climate and rising gas prices. The company has recently put 750 mopeds for rent on the market, and are managed and serviced by a team of only 30 employees.
Mopeds are Mini-Motorcycles
Even though these mopeds are limited to 30 mph, they are essentially mini-motorcycles. The speed limit precludes customers from driving mopeds on highways or bridges, but it’s perfect for getting around downtown Miami and neighboring communities. Revel requires drivers and riders to wear the provided approved DOT helmets at all times. Drivers must be 21 years or older, and anyone riding as a passenger must be at least 18 years old. The company also offers in-person lessons to any inexperienced riders.
Although advertisers position them as lightweight, convenient transportation, mopeds are just as dangerous as motorcycles because motorists have difficulty seeing them. Mopeds are much smaller than other vehicles, and in an accident, the driver and passenger can sustain significant injuries, including a concussion, back, neck or spinal injuries, broken bones, head trauma, and even death. The most common factors that contribute to moped accidents and fatalities are:
- Unpaved or uneven roads.
- Fast speeds.
- Poor lighting.
- Heavy traffic.
- Alcohol and drug use while driving.
In a study conducted by using The Florida Traffic Crash Records Database (FTCRD), in over five years there were 5,660 moped crashes in the state of Florida. Out of these, more than 90% of the moped drivers were uninsured, and only 17% wore helmets.
Mopeds are Serious Business
Most scooters and mopeds that go faster than 30 mph require a motorcycle license and specialized training to operate them. Drivers can operate these faster models on highways, which presents an even more dangerous situation due to higher speeds, longer distances, and heavier traffic. You cannot be too careful when riding a moped. Even the most careful of drivers can potentially be in an accident.
If you or someone you know has been in a moped accident, you need to know what your options are, who to contact, and how to proceed. Your personal injury lawyer can help you sift through the facts and recover insurance benefits due to you.